In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!
Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!
But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.
I asked Shannon what the inspiration behind the Weather Witch was and the location she chose, this is what she had to say...
I've always loved storms and ships and the idea that someone might be able to control the weather, and I grew up about an hour outside the city I set the opening action in--a city I return to whenever I can.
Philadelphia. I love it so much I started the Weather Witch series there. My brother says his favorite city in the US is NYC, but for me it's Philly with its remnants of colonial history, its spirit of revolution and innovation and its wide variety of immigrants. Philadelphia doesn't swallow people up the same way other cities do--it allows their fingerprints to remain as a part of it and every person has the real opportunity to make it a better place because of their involvement.
Philadelphia is my big city crush and I had to use it. Of course I did change some aspects of it significantly... Although there is a "Society Hill" it's not like my "Hill". There's no real "Below" although the city breaks into different neighborhoods and I'm sure there've been some that some people would suggest as being the "Burn Quarter" at different times. But there are plenty of references to actual places and even some people (and one ghost).
To say Philadelphia influenced this series would be an understatement. Yes, we do visit a few other locations I love like Bangor, Maine, Herkimer, New York (and reference others: Baltimore and Salem) but we come back to Philadelphia for some of the most important moments because I love it so much.
~About the Author~
Shannon Delany grew up in a community that was traditional and respectful of superstitions and old religions and was very creative. She was surrounded by arts, crafts, and other languages from a young age and enjoyed sampling everything that atmosphere had to offer. Her childhood directly impacted her fascination with myths, legends, and the paranormal and has enjoyed using that information to write her 13 TO LIFE and WEATHER WITCH novels and her short stories.
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